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my brand new granddaughter

Thursday, August 20, 2015      13 comments

My oldest daughter Lena had her second little girl on Monday afternoon. Unfortunately due to a chain of events, she ended up having to have a cesarean. The baby (Jonna) is doing fine, but Lena is not feeling at all good just now. As they live in... Read more

Midyat, Kurdistan

Friday, July 17, 2015      5 comments

After we left Mardin, we drove the remaining 75 km to Midyat, where we were going to stay for the next two nights. Midyat was originally populated mainly by Syriac Christians who still call the region Tur Abdin, which means the mountain of the p... Read more

Mardin, North Kurdistan

Monday, July 13, 2015      5 comments

Last week in North Kurdistan we were able to borrow a car for a few days, so we decided to visit the towns of Mardin and Midyat which lie above the plains of Mesopotamia. Some of the oldest Syriac Christian settlements, monasteries and churches ... Read more

The past and the present

Wednesday, April 01, 2015      10 comments

One of the most interesting things I have learned here on Spark is to move outside my comfort zone, to think outside boxes, and to see the past as a formative part of myself. Last weekend I combined all of the above three in one swoop - Hannah... Read more

Black clouds and beasts under the bed

Tuesday, February 10, 2015      7 comments

Running a personnel office involves a lot of extra work and effort from around October through til March. The year that is drawing to a close has to be monitored and the new year must be budgeted for and a plan of action put into place. This win... Read more

Foot Funk

Tuesday, January 06, 2015      3 comments

Hi all you brave Sparkies, today it is 8 weeks since my right big toe was operated on to tidy up the joint (cheilectomy) which had grown stiff and lumpy with osteo-arthritis. I was able to get into my largest pair of shoes at Christmas and... Read more

Two weeks post-op for big toe arthritis procedure

Sunday, November 23, 2014      4 comments

Hi all you brave Sparkies, 2 weeks after the operation on my big toe (cheilectomie due to arthritis), I am feeling a lot better. I had half the stitches taken out on Friday so most of that discomfort has gone now and I feel as if my foot belon... Read more

cheilectomy - or big toe arthritis procedure...

Wednesday, November 12, 2014      5 comments

Hi all you brave Sparkies, I have had arthritis in the base joint of my right big toe for a number of years now. When I had a flare up I would hobble around for a few days, avoid climbing stairs like the plague and munch away on painkillers. ... Read more

Marleīs Melody

Sunday, September 14, 2014      5 comments

This morning there was a lovely breeze blowing here in North Kurdistan and I lay in the hammock, working on a short story that has been percolating for a few days. I tend to drift away into a little world of my own, and memories of things unconn... Read more

Moving People

Friday, August 01, 2014      3 comments

Hi, All You Brave Sparkies! In the early morning or early evening I often cycle down along the river to a lovely playground on an embankment. It has been newly renovated and an adult corner is now installed with an outdoor elliptical, a hip... Read more

looking at things from a different angle

Wednesday, July 09, 2014      5 comments

Hi all you brave Sparkies, living in Germany, I tend to use metric measurements for everything, which means I view weight loss or gain in kilos. As I am a slow loser but a fast gainer, I am constantly breaking the scales down into 100 gram in... Read more

Wobbles and blobs and a wild imagination .....

Wednesday, April 16, 2014      5 comments

I was away in Kurdistan for a fortnight recently and in spite of all the wonderful fruit and veg on offer, I did succumb to more than my share of the local flat bread ... Read more

Urfa in Kurdistan

Sunday, April 13, 2014      8 comments

On our latest travels to North Kurdistan we went for a day to see the sights of Urfa. We got caught in a sandstorm blowing in from the east in the late afternoon, but managed to see most of the highlights! This is part of the waterways set out n... Read more

Baltic Bliss!

Wednesday, March 05, 2014      6 comments

After a winter of too much work, an injured achilles tendon and not enough fun, I decided to go away for the weekend instead of blowing a fuse! My youngest daughter is helping restore an old farmhouse near the Baltic Sea in north-east Germany, a... Read more

My highlights of 2013

Saturday, December 28, 2013      2 comments

As the year draws to a close, I am looking back on my personal highlights. First of all, I didīnt gain weight over the Christmas season for the first time in 10 years, so I steamed into 2013 full of enthusiasm. Read more


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